The deputy Andre Janonesof the Avante party and with 2% voting intention in the polls, announced on Thursday that declined his presidential candidacy in Brazil in order to support the former president Lula da Silvaof Workers’ Party (PT)favorite in the polls.
“We are withdrawing our candidacy and now it is being represented by President Lula,” said Janones, who became famous in 2018 for having an active participation in the truckers’ strike that paralyzed the country against the adjustment of the former president’s government. Michel Temerreported Telam.
Alongside Lula, Janones explained in a video posted on social media that the PT’s candidacy included Avante’s social proposals on its platform, such as fighting to permanently maintain social assistance of 600 reais per month for families with no income. .
According to analysts, the support of Janones could be key to allowing Lula a victory in the first round if his voters turn to the former president. The deputy emerged from the PT in 2015 and ended up in the center-right Avante, with which he managed to be elected deputy for the state of Minas Gerais in 2018.
Lula’s candidacy is also supported by the Brazilian Socialist Party of the candidate for vice president Gerald Alckmin. The coalition is made up of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL), the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), the Green Party (PV) and Rede, Solidaridad y Pros. According to the latest Datafolha survey, Lula would win with 52% to 32% Jair Bolsonaro in the first round, with 9% of the third, Cyrus Gomesof the Democratic Labor Party.